Whilst struggling with a dental infection over last weekend, I took solace in the Peter Grieg book ‘Red Moon Rising’ – a book which had belonged to my son, but I’d rescued in an attempt to finally clear out his old room (now he has been married for 3½ years!) The title neatly combines the title of a 1969 hit for Creedence Clearwater Revival (in my top 10 groups of all time since I was a teenager), and the ‘blood red moon’ verse at the end of Joel Chapter 2. Grieg’s book blew my mind regarding the potential of intercessory prayer in working with God to move His kingdom forward and seemed to be the next stage in a personal three-year journey with Him deeper into more radical forms of prayer.
Grieg’s book blew my mind regarding the potential of intercessory prayer in working with God to move His kingdom forward and seemed to be the next stage in a personal three-year journey with Him deeper into more radical forms of prayer.
Grieg is one of a small team of people used mightily by God in the late nineties and early 2000s to set up a radical network of young intercessors which became known as the 24/7 network. Their speciality was setting up local prayer rooms and then having seasons of constant prayer in these spaces. Grieg was inspired by a German-Moravian prayer movement of the 18th century but his 21st century network quickly spread all over Europe and into Australia and South America.
By possible God-incidence, I started the book at the beginning of a week that was scheduled to end with me preaching on Luke 18 and Jesus’s 11th hour teaching to his disciples on prayer – in particular, being persistent and God-dependent in our approach. Grieg’s book drew me to the beginning of Isaiah 62, particularly verses 6-7 where the writer talks about “posting watchmen on the walls”, who will give themselves or God “no rest” until He establishes “Jerusalem” and “her salvation” shines out “like a burning torch”. (This led me to Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” and, I thought, a good excuse to play the Nobel Prize winner over the church sound system!)
So, what with Grieg, Luke, Isaiah and Dylan all competing for my attention, I was a little overwhelmed with material for my sermon and apologies if I went on a bit (again!), but I felt inspired with a specific message to give to Wrangthorn.
In particular, I wanted to talk about what it might look like to cover a church week with a more comprehensive timetable of intercession and I to encourage people to engage in what already existed as well as think about committing to some new weekly slots - all in our ‘Prayer Room’, that is Room 2 upstairs in the hall.
These could be as follows:
- Monday – 8 to 8.30am.
- Tuesday – 8 to 8.30am.
- Wednesday – Morning Prayer at 10am.
- Thursday – as Monday, although I have now had an offer.
- Friday – 8 to 9am.
- Sunday – praying for the day’s services at 9.30am.
If this interests you and you’d like to chat more about what this might involve, please send me an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org